Peppers, tags, Vick and combine invites

Happened to catch John Clayton on "SportsCenter" and on "NFL Live" on ESPN last night. The volume of specluation about the Eagles' quarterbacks is unreal and will continue for a while, we figure. Clayton thinks the Eagles will trade McNabb and release Michael Vick, by the way.

On another subject, though, Clayton says he thinks the Eagles might step in and pursue Carolina's Julius Peppers to play opposite Trent Cole at defensive end. If he is not given the franchise tag or re-signed, Peppers becomes an unrestricted free agent on March 5.

"You make more as a defensive end in this league and to try to justify a $100 million dollar contract I do think you could see Philadelphia step in.," Clayton said. "They've done it on Jevon Kearse. They've done it on other people. "Could you imagine him with Trent Cole? That would be a heckuva combination at defensive end."


Yesterday was the first day that teams were able to use the franchise or transition tags on their players.

The Eagles won't be involved in using the tag this year. Their only unrestricted free agents at the moment are Jeremiah Trotter, Tracey White, Sean Jones and Jason Babin. That does not include players who would be unrestricted if 2010 is not an uncapped year.


A day without Michael Vick speculation is like a day without snow around here these days.

Today's edition comes from Clifton Brown, of The Sporting News. Brown identifies five teams in need of a veteran quarterback and how Vick would fit with each. The five teams are generally the same five that most everyone else has suggested -- Rams, Bills, Raiders Panthers and Cardinals.

Browns says if the Eagles were to trade Vick it would come before March 5, when he is due his $1.5 million roster bonus. He also writes that Vick could fetch a third-round pick.


The scouting combine begins in Indianapolis on Feb. 24, and here is the official list of the players who have been invited.

Obviously, most of the discussion going forward will be about whom the Eagles will be looking at and what they might do with the 24th pick, but for those of who also have an interest in college football in this area ...

Six Penn State players have been invited: Penn State All-Americans Jared Odrick (defensive tackle) and Navorro Bowman (linebacker), along with quarterback Daryll Clark, linebacker Josh Hull, linebacker Sean Lee and tight end Andrew Quarless. With 14 players invited over the last two years, Penn State lead all Big Ten schools.

No players from Temple, Villanova or Penn have been invited. And no players from any of the city leagues high schools are on the list, either.